Anyone else have the addiction to paper straws like I do? They’re such a cute accessory to throw in a fancy drink to step it up a notch, but since paper straws are food safe, you can use them in lots of other ways to make your party color coordinated! And don’t forget the crafts! Paper crafts are great for adult orientated projects and kids crafts alike!
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Think outside the box and check out these ways I’ve used paper straws for parties and crafts! Many of these were party features for party styling projects I completed. To see more on the party theme shown, click on the link listed under the image.
Use paper straws as chopsticks for fun minute to win it type games, like those seen in this Emoji Christmas party!
Cut up paper straws and string them up with beads to make paper flower leis. This is a great activity for toddlers and looks super cute for summer luaus. We’ve even added cut paper straws into our bead busy bag!
Paper straw necklaces aren’t just for people. Wrap one one around a gift to make it extra special. Or create a unique “bow” using paper straws for a unique gift topper.
It started with the pinwheels for Brielle’s pinwheel themed 1st birthday party, I used them again with the 35th wedding anniversary centerpieces for my parents party and most recently for the pinwheels stuck in the painted flowers pots the kids made for mother’s day.
Consider using paper straws to turn a regular old paper bowl into a nautical snack bowl!
Arguably my favorite on this list are these colorful place cards made of several paper straws. I hot glued them together and used them as place cards for this fun rainbow art party and at the Christmas table! See how to make these colorful easels here!
Snip a slit at the top and slide in a card to make it a simple place card. (Find the recipe for these no bake Easter dirt cups here)
Ever seen or made a diaper cake for a baby shower or baby welcome gift? Consider turning it into a hot air balloon design and use paper straws to give it some height!
Stick paper straws in large marshmallows then drizzle them in chocolate and colorful sugars. Now you have a beautiful and yummy stirrer for your hot chocolate bar!
Add a die-cut shape or dimensional sticker to the top of a paper straw and you have an instantly cute cupcake topper!
Decorate a simple cake with a custom banner on top. Hang the banner with two paper straws as supports for an emoji birthday party!
Consider paper straws to be anything that has a straight line in kids crafts! Rays of sunshine, legs and arms of a silly monster or even spiky hair! This sunshine craft was part of our Box of Sunshine gift!